MU students pleased with Anderson hire

Students like Sophia Howard, left, and Lakayla Micenhamer said they thought MU's decision to hire Kim Anderson was a good one.

MU students told KRCG 13 Monday they were interested to see in what direction Kim Anderson takes the menâ??s basketball team.

MU announced Monday afternoon it had hired Anderson, currently the menâ??s basketball coach at the University of Central Missouri. Anderson led the Mules to a NCAA Division II national championship this year and has the most wins of any UCM basketball coach, according to his official biography there. Students said Andersonâ??s success at UCM was a good sign. Conner Handel said he hoped Anderson could translate this into success at Mizzou.

â??It will be a work in progress,â?? Handel said. â??We might have a few years that are going to be kind of down, just trying to get rebuilt.â??

Nursing student Chris McCoy said he had not heard of Anderson before Monday, but he liked the fact that Anderson is an MU alum. Anderson played under Norm Stewart between 1973 and 1977. Sophia Howard said she was glad MU chose someone who went to the university and is currently coaching in Missouri.

Several students said they hoped Anderson would improve the teamâ??s cohesiveness. Lakayla Micenhamer said she thought the Tigersâ?? defense could use some improvement, particularly later in the game. David Arth said he thought talented freshman and sophomore players were being underutilized and Anderson should try mixing up his bench a little more.

Some students wondered if MU could have hired a bigger-name coach. Handel said he had hoped former UCLA coach Ben Howland would lead the Tigers. Adam Chatman said he thought the university could have afforded a coach with national recognition. Both students said they were satisfied with Anderson, though.